Aston Villa linked with Bologna prodigy Aaron Hickey
There has been numerous left-backs linked with Aston Villa in past few months.
The latest reports in England suggest that Aston Villa are linked with Bologna left-back Aaron Hickey.
The Scotland international joined Bologna from Heart of Midlothian for a fee in the region of 2 million euros in September 2020. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Scotland. Hickey has represented Scotland at Under-17 level, winning three caps.
He has been in impressive form for Bologna this season and it looks like he caught the eye of many European clubs including Aston Villa.
Villans are looking to sign a left-back and have identified the 19-year-old as potential transfer target.
The report claims that Aston Villa manager has extensively scouted Hickey and is considering a move for the left-back. Dean Smith is a long term admirer of Aaron Hickey and believes he can get the most out of the Scotland international.
Hickey is a skilled left-back who can make a difference at both ends of the pitch. The left-back can also play as a full-back, offering Smith a different option should he change his formation at Aston Villa.
According to the report, Aston Villa are watching Bologna fullback Aaron Hickey. The Sun says the Scottish youngster, 19, is a hit with Serie A side Bologna after his move from Hearts and Villa are taking an increasing interest. Scottish giants Celtic and other English clubs are also keen but sources close to Hickey claim he is happy in Italy. The left-back has made seven appearances for the Serie A side this season, and he has found the back of the net on two occasions. In the summer, Hickey expressed his desire to focus on playing for Bologna.”
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Aston Villa will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Hickey to join the club.
Bologna would be wise to keep the Scotland international, but if they do let him go expect it to be for a hefty sum.
Good signing for Aston Villa?
The Premier League side need to add more depth to their defense.
If Hickey is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Villa. It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
How strong that interest is and whether Aston Villa will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.